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Outage And Safety Tips From PG&E

Outage And Safety Tips From PG&E

With the storm upon us, PG&E reminds customers to prepare for potential power outages. High winds, vegetation, rock and mudslides and weather related auto accidents are just a few causes that may lead to power outages. PG&E has crews on standby ready to respond to outages as they occur and will work safely and as quickly as possible to make repairs and restore customers. The utility provided the following outage and safety tips:

·         If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—and keep yourself and others away. If you see damaged power lines or electrical equipment, call 911 immediately and then notify PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.

·         If a power line falls across a car that you’re in, stay in the car. If you must get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.

·         During an outage, use battery-operated flashlights and not candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, keep them away from drapes, lampshades and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.

·         Don’t use grills or other outdoor appliances or equipment indoors for space heating and cooking, as these devices may omit carbon monoxide. Customers with generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to crews working on power lines. Operate your generator outside. Never operate it inside a building or garage.

·         If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.

·         Check and restock your emergency kits. Also, ensure a portable, battery-operated radio, TV or NOAA radio is on hand.

For more information about outages and ways to prepare and stay safe during the storm, please visit www.pge.com/stormsafety

If outages occur, customers can find details and information on restoration by:

·         Visiting pge.com/outages and signing up for outage alerts via text, email or phone

·         Following PG&E on social media (FB and Twitter) for updates

·         Calling PG&E’s outage information line 1-800-743-5002

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